The Duke of Cambridge has defended the royal family against accusations of racism made by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, insisting: “We’re very much not a racist family”.
William also revealed he has not yet spoken to his brother Harry following the bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, but added that he “will do”.
He made the comments during a visit to an east London school with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge.During the interview, Meghan and Harry laid bare their brief lives as a working royal couple, alleging that a member of the family – not the Queen or Duke of Edinburgh – made a racist comment about their unborn son.
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Winfrey was left open-mouthed when the duchess – the first mixed-race member of the modern monarchy – said a fellow royal was worried about how dark their son Archie’s skin tone might be before he was born.
During the candid conversation, Meghan also suggested her son was not made a prince because of his race – although rules set by George V meant he was not entitled to be one.
The interview was aired on Sunday night to US audiences, before being shown in the UK on Monday evening.
In a statement released a day and a half after the interview was aired in the US, Buckingham Palace said the royal family is taking the allegations of racism “very seriously”, despite “some recollections” among royals varying.
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The statement said: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.
“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. Whilst some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately.
“Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
Charles chuckled nervously when he was asked if he had seen Meghan and Harry’s interview with Winfrey during a visit to a pop-up Covid vaccination clinic at a London church earlier this week.
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